Gunmen shot two attorneys for co-defendants in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on Tuesday, killing one and seriously wounding the other, a senior Iraqi Interior Ministry official said, raising anew the question of whether Hussein can get a fair trial in Iraq.
It was the second assassination of an attorney representing one of the seven other defendants in Hussein’s war crimes trial. The day after the trial opened on Oct. 19, defense attorney Saadoun Janabi was kidnapped by armed men from his office in Baghdad, and his body was found the next day with two bullet holes to the head.
Janabi represented Awad Haman Bander, the former chief judge of Hussein’s Revolutionary Court.
It was unclear whether the multiple attacks would affect the scheduled resumption of Hussein’s case on Nov. 28. After the killing of Janabi, attorneys for Hussein and his co-defendants announced they were boycotting the trial for security reasons and demanded that it be moved to another country.